If you’re looking for an easy DIY gift that’s eco friendly and you can quickly make at home, consider cookie mix in a jar. It’s a great gift to give to kids who like baking. They have some easy to make cookies on hand.

The majority of ingredients go in a jar. The instructions of how to make the cookies can go on a label or on a rolled up piece of paper at the top of the jar. Most of the ingredients are included, just add an egg and butter to your mix. You can also add vanilla essence if you have some. 

Check out a cookie recipe that you can use below along with some instructions to put in your jar. 

You can make the ingredients you add vary. Consider adding M&Ms and/or nuts as well as chocolate chips. 

Ingredients
1 cup of plain flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Put the Ingredients in the Jar
Combine flour and baking soda.
Push down with a spoon to make it compact.
A layer of brown sugar
A layer of white sugar.
Top with chocolate chips.
You can also add M&Ms to the mix to add color.

Recipe instructions to include in the jar or write on label
Pour the contents of the jar into a large bowl and stir to combine. Add 1/2 cup of salted butter, 1 beaten egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Stir until combined. Chill for 30 minutes.

Make golf ball sized portions of dough and place the dough balls onto lined baking sheets. Bake at 350°F for 10-15 minutes, until the centers of the cookies are just barely set.

Tips

If your ingredients is a little short of making it to the top of the jar, just fill up with extra M&Ms or chocolate chips. Kids can even eat a few before they make it. Or use some tissue paper or fabric just to fill in the space at the top.

Make it a super easy gift

To make it super easy, you can buy a really nice glass jar to put it in. Once the mixture has been made into cookies, the recipitent will have a lovely jar to use to store other foods or things.

If you are making a few as gifts print several labels with the recipe instructions using a computer and printer as an alternative option to writing the labels by hand.

Make it a zero waste gift

To make this a truly zero waste gift, use a jar that you already have. Perhaps a cleaned ut pasta sauce or jam jar. You can use felt or a scrap of fabric to cover the lid of the jar to make it look nicer if you wish. If you have a zero waste shop near you, bulk buy as many of the ingredients as you can. You can use scraps of paper and card from sources such as an envelopes or used greeting cards to write the recipe instructions.

Make it look pretty with a cork lid

You could replace the lid of a normal jam jar with a piece of cork which has been cut to the right size. You can buy cork from a craft shop Or you can buy ready cut different sized cork lids to accommodate different jars. Cork is an eco friendly material as it biodegrades. Also you don’t have to cut down a tree to harvest the cork.

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